Global Epidemic Spreads, Gloves Are In Short Supply

- Sep 05, 2020-

According to reports, with the spread of the epidemic, Malaysia's top glove company said that the demand for gloves from the United States and Europe has soared and has exceeded the company's production capacity, resulting in a situation in which glove products are in short supply. The company is adding equipment and manpower to step up production in an all-round way.

The company’s executive chairman Lin Weicai pointed out that in the past few weeks, glove orders have almost doubled the company’s capacity. The orders are mainly from the United States and Europe. Now the company can produce 200 million natural and synthetic rubber gloves every day. At present, the company has adjusted the delivery time to cope with the shortage of supply in the market.

At present, there are more than 600,000 new coronavirus infection cases in 202 countries and regions around the world, of which the United States has become the country with the largest number of infections. Europe still has the highest number of deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that the chronic shortage of personal protective products worldwide is one of the most urgent threats to curbing the spread of the epidemic.

Lin Weicai said that some customers have panic orders, and the monthly order volume suddenly doubles from 10 boxes to 20 boxes. As a result, goods are out of stock. Customers’ order volume increased by 100%, but the company’s output could only increase by 20%, resulting in a 50% to 80% gap.

The current unusual buying momentum may continue for three months, but orders are expected to remain strong for up to nine months. In response to this situation, the company adjusted the delivery time from the shortest 30 days to the longest 150 days. The company is ensuring that all customers get a fair share of the delivery of additional gloves.

The company will add new equipment every week and is expected to recruit 1,000 workers to maintain production. The output is expected to increase by 30%. The glove factory's capacity utilization rate will increase to 95%. It is expected to reach nearly full capacity in April.